Guest Commentary: Voting absentee in Wilton
Wilton’s town clerk and registrars of voters remind registered voters they may apply for absentee ballots for the Nov. 6 presidential election through the town clerk’s office at Wilton town hall. Applications for these ballots are available on the town website — wiltonct.org — and in person at the town clerk’s office. Printed absentee ballots become available on Oct. 5.
Some reminders for absentee voters:
In Connecticut, there are six reasons why a voter is permitted to apply for and cast an absentee ballot:
•Absence from town during ALL hours the polls are open (6 a.m. to 8 p.m.);
•Physical disability that prevents traveling to the polls;
•Active military service;
•Service as an elections worker at a voting location other than one’s own.
It is a violation of Connecticut law to cast an absentee ballot merely for personal convenience.
Anyone who distributes five or more absentee ballot applications must provide the town clerk — prior to the election — with a list of names and addresses of those to whom the applications were distributed.
Unduly influencing or coercing any absentee voter to cast a vote contrary to the voter’s wishes is a serious violation of election laws. Applications for absentee ballots are legal documents and must be signed by the registered voter, under penalty of false statement. Violation of these laws is a Class D felony. Parents may not sign the applications or cast ballots for their children; voters may not sign applications or cast ballots for their spouses; and residents may not apply or cast ballots for their elderly relatives, except under specific circumstances. No person shall give or accept any compensation solely for distributing absentee ballot applications obtained from a municipal clerk or the secretary of the state or for assisting any person in the execution of an absentee ballot.
For more information on absentee voting, call the town clerk’s office at 203-762-0106. To find your voting place and your voter registration, check wiltonct.org for a map of Wilton’s new voting districts.